SWK3180 - Supervised professional practice 1 - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

Faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Social Work

Chief examiner(s)

Shelley Turner

Coordinator(s)

Lauren Wills

Unit guides

Offered

Caulfield

  • First semester 2018 (Off-campus)
  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (Off-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Summer semester A 2018 (Off-campus)
  • Summer semester A 2018 (On-campus)

Prerequisites

SWK3080, SWK3400

Co-requisites

Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Health Sciences (Human Services stream) - course codes 0004, 3426, 3447, 3870, 3965 and M20022

Synopsis

Supervised Professional Practice 1 enables students to observe, practice and critically reflect on the role of social work in a health or human services context and to develop an emerging professional social work identity.

The unit comprises a minimum of 500 hours of supervised field education. Students are allocated to a suitable placement provider, which may focus on direct practice; community development; or social research, policy or project work.

Students are supported to integrate theoretical knowledge with practice skills and are supervised in the field by a qualified and experienced social work Field Educator and an allocated University Liaison Person.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Apply the AASW Code of Ethics to the practice context.
  2. Identify the placement provider's legal and political context within the health and human services field.
  3. Explain the legislation and social policies that influence the field of practice.
  4. Articulate the theories and methods relevant to the placement context and critically reflect on their use and application.
  5. Apply effective communication skills within the placement context.
  6. Assume responsibility for self-learning and professional development while on placement.
  7. Critically apply knowledge of assessment, intervention and referral skills to the field of practice.
  8. Critically analyse different types of social research and their application to social work in the context of the placement setting.
  9. Interpret and adapt knowledge of cultural diversity in order to work in a culturally responsive and inclusive manner in a social work context. Students must also provide evidence of completion of at least 500 hours of field placement.

Fieldwork

The AASW set down the workload requirements for a Field Placement: 500 hours

Assessment

  • 14 x Weekly structured critical reflection (200 words each)
  • 14 x Completed records of supervision (100 words each)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Checklist (100 words)
  • Self-care plan (1,000 words)
  • Observed demonstration of communication skills (Part A) (20-minutes)
  • Mid-placement review report (500 words)
  • Observed demonstration of communication skills (Part B - critical reflection) (10-minutes)
  • Personal professional practice framework (2,500 words)
  • Final placement review report (500 words)
  • Completed placement timesheet

Mid-way through the placement, the allocated social work Field Educator and the student should review and assess the student's progress and performance against each of the nine key Learning Areas, using the rating guide provided in the Placement Workbook. This forms the basis for the Mid-placement Report, which provides the student with formative feedback for the remainder of the placement.

Towards the end of the placement, the allocated social work Field Educator and the student should review and assess the student's progress and performance against each of the nine key Learning Areas, using the rating guide provided in the Placement Workbook. This forms the basis for the Final Placement Report, which provides the student with summative feedback about their placement performance and a recommendation to the University for a pass or fail grade.

To meet AASW accreditation requirements and pass the unit, the student must reach a level of 'beginning capability' (2) for all nine Learning Areas by the end of the placement. This means the student is capable of practicing under close guidance and supervision.

The unit is pass grade only (PGO).

Workload requirements

The AASW set down the workload requirements for a Field Placement: 500 hours

See also Unit timetable information

Off-campus attendance requirements

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Social Work

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